Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

13 February 2015

 Friday 13th February 2015

Excerpt from the then Prime Minister’s (Hon Kevin Rudd MP) speech…

“…today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
We reflect on their past mistreatment.

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations - this blemished chapter in our nation's history. The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry…”

Suggested activities for schools:

  •  Acknowledgement of Country
  •  Light a candle
  • Observe a minute's silence
  •  Say a prayer
  •  Watch a short video

 Videos:

       -  Nomad : Apology (It’s Time)

       -  My Place The Apology 

  •  Listen to a song

 Songs:

      - Archie Roach "Took the Children Away"

      -  Paul Kelly performs Bob Randall's "Brown Skin Baby"

  •  Give the sign of peace
  •  Smile to remember :)

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